What are pavement ants?
The pavement ant, Tetramorium caespitum, is a very small species of ant that gets its name from its propensity to nest in and under cracks of pavement. They were introduced to the United States from Europe in the 1700s or 1800s and now range from New England to the Midwest and as far south as Tennessee.
What do they look like?
Pavement ants are a small species of ant, with the workers reaching about 1/8 of an inch long. They are brown to black, with lighter colored legs and antennae.
Do pavement ants bite?
Pavement ants can bite and do have a stinger on their last abdominal segment; however, they rarely bite or sting humans.
Are pavement ants dangerous?
No, pavement ants are considered nuisance pests.
What are the signs of a pavement ant infestation?
If you have a serious problem with ants you will begin to see many of them in your home, especially in your kitchen. The ants that you see are most likely workers foraging for food.
Why do I have a pavement ant problem?
Most likely the ants in your home found their way in while looking for food. It is even possible that they have set up a satellite colony in your home, meaning that it is a colony of just workers with no queen.
How do I get rid of pavement ants?
It is very difficult to eliminate an ant problem. A successful ant control program requires that the source of the infestation be found and the entire colony must be eliminated, including the queen. This often requires professional assistance. If you have an ant control problem in Providence, Worcester, or elsewhere in New England, contact Big Blue Bug Solutions today.
Pavement ant prevention tips from Big Blue Bug Solutions
Make sure there is not any food left out overnight. Store all leftovers in airtight containers of plastic or glass. Also, check the exterior of your home for possible spots that the ants may be entering from and seal or repair them. For more information and tips, contact Big Blue Bug Solutions today.